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Design intentions
Terraform{a} is a sustainable single-family suburban prototype developed for the Mid-Western United States. Conceived as a modern hybrid of the rammed earth house and the sod house that once dotted the landscape of the Great Plains, this alternative to the traditional suburban tract home engages the landscape, blurring boundaries between the natural and built environments. Created on the principle that the single-family dwelling is the testing ground for new design ideas, Terraform{a} looks to explore the impact of a single family suburban home design relative to sustainability, economics, and social issues. The program included a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, single-family house with a two-car garage, not exceeding 2,400 interior square feet and located on a 75-foot x 145-foot, ΒΌ-acre lot.